Mu­seum team lands £110,000

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

THE team be­hind the town’s won­der­ful mu­se­ums have se­cured £110,000 to­wards fu­ture projects.

The Silk Her­itage Trust, which man­ages Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums, has been given £99,000 by the John Eller­man Foun­da­tion in recog­ni­tion of its work to in­crease in­volve­ment with the com­mu­nity.

And a fur­ther £10,800 has been awarded by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF), which will fund an vi­brant new project to cel­e­brate the UK/In­dia Year of Cul­ture.

Sue Hughes, di­rec­tor of Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums, which in­cludes Par­adise Mill, The Old Sun­day School, The Silk Mu­seum and West Park Mu­seum, said: “We are thrilled to re­ceive recog­ni­tion of our achieve­ments and fu­ture po­ten­tial through this fund­ing suc­cess.

“This in­vest­ment will be a step­ping stone to fur­ther ma­jor grant ap­pli­ca­tions which will see the Trust ful­fil its Man­i­festo ‘to cel­e­brate the rich­ness of the town’s her­itage and cul­ti­vate its wealth: its wealth of com­mu­nity, of gen­eros­ity, of tal­ent, en­ter­prise and in­dus­try.

“We are ex­cited to ex­plore this part of the silk story, Mac­cles­field’s re­la­tion­ship with In­dia, cel­e­brat­ing the im­por­tant peo­ple who con­tinue to di­rect us to In­dian pat­tern and de­sign for in­spi­ra­tion. This re­ally will be a colour­ful and imag­i­na­tive sum­mer pro­gramme.”

The lot­tery fund will be used to pay for an exhibition at the Silk Mu­seum in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Poyn­ton artist Nikki Par­menter, who will work with schools and com­mu­nity groups to il­lus­trate the colour and im­agery of UK and In­dia’s cre­ative re­la­tion­ship.

The exhibition, which will run from June un­til Septem­ber, will fea­ture work by Nikki, and will look at In­dia’s re­la­tion­ship with the town. It will also tell the story of silk dye­ing and print­ing com­pany owner Thomas War­dle and the in­flu­ence on de­signer Wil­liam Mor­ris.

There will also be a num­ber of art work­shops, in­clud­ing nat­u­ral dy­ing work­shops, and tales of the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent with sto­ry­teller Peter Chand.

The John Eller­man Foun­da­tion is an in­de­pen­dent grant mak­ing foun­da­tion which sup­ports smaller char­i­ties that make a prac­ti­cal dif­fer­ence to peo­ple, so­ci­ety and the nat­u­ral world. The £99,000 - spent over three years - will sup­port the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of the mu­seum, its cu­ra­to­rial team and col­lec­tions, and com­mis­sion­ing vis­i­tor con­sul­ta­tion.

For more go to silk­mac­cles­field.org.uk.

The team which runs Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums, in­clud­ing the Silk Mu­seum, has been awarded £110,000 for fu­ture projects; in­set, work by Poyn­ton artist Nikki Par­menter will fea­ture in a spe­cial exhibition

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